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Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber
Philosopher | Developer of Integral Theory | Author | Co-founder of Integral Life
Philosopher | Developer of Integral Theory | Author | Co-founder of Integral Life
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Often referred to as the “Einstein of consciousness studies”, Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life.

Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today… with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. …

Ken is the originator of the world’s first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory.” As Wilber himself puts it: “I’d like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies” — something that is becoming increasingly necessary in order to navigate and thrive in today’s world.

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Integral Life
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This is the primary organization relating to Integral Theory / Philosophy, and the main platform for Ken Wilber.

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A media community that helps people thrive in a rapidly-evolving world. We help people live more fulfilling lives with experiences, media and practices that can help them grow. Our membership can help you expand your mind, understand your world, and practice your full potential.

There is much free content on the website and elsewhere. Additional resources are available for a modest monthly fee.

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An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality
Clear, nontechnical language to present complex, cutting-edge theories
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An excellent primer explaining Integral Theory. The ideas have been extended since this was published, but it’s still a great place to start learning Integral Theory.

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A concise, comprehensive overview of Wilber’s revolutionary thought and its application in today’s world. In A Theory of Everything, Wilber uses clear, nontechnical language to present complex, cutting-edge theories that integrate the realms of body, mind, soul, and spirit. He then demonstrates how these theories and models can be applied to real-world problems in areas such as politics, medicine, business, education, and the environment. Wilber also discusses daily practises that readers take up in order to apply this integrative vision to their own everyday lives.

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"Must read if you want to know how this happened" | "Restores my sanity"
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In Trump and a Post-Truth World – a provocative work – philosopher Ken Wilber applies his Integral approach to explain how we arrived where we are and why there is cause for hope.  He lays much of the blame on a failure at the progressive, leading edge of society. This leading edge is characterized by the desire to be as just and inclusive as possible, and to it we owe the thrust toward women’s rights, the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the concern for oppression in all its forms. This is all evolutionarily healthy. But what is unhealthy is a creeping postmodernism that is elitist, “politically correct,” insistent on an egalitarianism that is itself paradoxically hierarchical, and that looks down on “deplorables.” Combine this with the techno-economic demise of many traditional ways of making a living, and you get an explosive mixture. As Wilber says, for some Trump voters: “Everywhere you are told that you are fully equal and deserve immediate and complete empowerment, yet everywhere you are denied the means to actually achieve it. You suffocate, you suffer, and you get very, very mad.”

It is only when members of society’s leading edge can heal themselves that a new, Integral evolutionary force can emerge to move us beyond the social and political turmoil of our current time to offer genuine leadership toward greater wholeness.

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A Very Short Introduction
"Like a stick of Dynamite--Small but Powerful!" | "Finally, a great introduction to Wilber's work"
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A pop-culture presentation of the Integral Approach from visionary genius Ken Wilber, designed as an easy introduction to his work.

What if we attempted to create an all-inclusive map that touches the most important factors from all of the world’s great traditions? Using all the known systems and models of human growth—from the ancient sages to the latest breakthroughs in cognitive science—Ken Wilber distills their major components into five simple elements, ones that readers can relate to their own experience right now. With clear explanations, practical exercises, and familiar examples, The Integral Vision invites readers to share in the innovative approach to spiritual growth, business success, and personal relationships.

This book has been adapted from the 2009 graphic edition

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Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
"The first truly comprehensive map of the human mind."
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The goal of an “integral psychology” is to honor and embrace every legitimate aspect of human consciousness under one roof. This book presents one of the first truly integrative models of consciousness, psychology, and therapy. Drawing on hundreds of sources—Eastern and Western, ancient and modern—Wilber creates a psychological model that includes waves of development, streams of development, states of consciousness, and the self, and follows the course of each from subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious. Included in the book are charts correlating over a hundred psychological and spiritual schools from around the world, including Kabbalah, Vedanta, Plotinus, Teresa of Ávila, Aurobindo, Theosophy, and modern theorists such as Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Erich Neumann, and Jean Gebser. Integral Psychology is Wilber’s most ambitious psychological system to date and is already being called a landmark study in human development.

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A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual
"At once challenging and uplifting, tender yet assertive" | "a masterpiece guide of grounded, intelligent, self-transforming wisdom"
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Now there is a way to not just think Integrally, but to embody an Integral worldview in your everyday life.

Integral Life Practice is not just a new approach to self-development and higher awareness, but a way of making sense of—and making best use of—the existing treasure trove of insights, methods, and practices for cultivating a more enlightened life. It offers a uniquely adaptive approach to awakened living that’s suitable for everyone: people with busy careers and families, college students, retirees, even hardcore athletes and yogis. It’s geared for devout—and irreverent—people of any religion, or no religion!

This highly flexible system will help you develop your physical health, spiritual awareness, emotional balance, mental clarity, relational joy, and energy level, within a framework that integrates all aspects of your life. Combining original exercises, vivid examples, cutting-edge theory, and illustrative graphics, Integral Life Practice is the ultimate handbook for realizing freedom and fullness in the 21st century.

For more information, visit www.Integral-Life-Practice.com.

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The Spirit Of Evolution
A tour de force of scholarship and vision
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With 800+ pages, this is not a light read. It’s been both very highly applauded and significantly criticised. Yet it remains a foundational, must-read work for anyone with a serious interest in consciousness and evolution.

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In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilber traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceives of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.

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Recent Videos and Podcasts where Ken Wilber has been interviewed

We bring you an in-depth conversation with philosopher and founder of Integral Institute, Ken Wilber, hosted by Daniel Schmachtenberger. Ken Wilber is known for his groundbreaking work on human consciousness …Read more
Full episode: https://integrallife.com/no-boundary-ken-wilber-goes-back-to-high-school/ Free Email Course on Building Your Integral Life: https://bit.ly/byim-integrallife Ken speaks with high school students to discuss his 1979 classic, No Boundary. What follows is a lively …Read more
In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom’s David Fuller, Ken Wilber reflects on the turbulent dynamics of the last few years, and particularly the trajectory of the figures in what was …Read more
Watch the Full Conversation: https://integrallife.com/integral-critical-theory-the-8-zones-of-racism/ Free Email Course on Building Your Integral Life: https://bit.ly/byim-integrallife We are here today to talk about the 8 critical zones of integral metatheory, and to …Read more
November 26th, 2021 Ken Wilber visits The Stoa to discuss the wisdom of integral theory. Past guests of The Stoa asked Ken questions. They include Bonnitta Roy, Gail Bradbrook, Zachary …Read more
Join Corey deVos for this fun, fascinating, and far-reaching exploration of one of the essential cornerstones of integral theory — holons, or the apparently endless series of “part/wholes” that fundamentally compose reality as we know it. Accompanied by music, imagery, and animation, this presentation will not only help you better understand what a holon actually is (and what it isn’t!) …Read more
A comprehensive map that tracks the evolution of communications paradigms over history, how each determines the ways knowledge is generated, preserved, and distributed, and how each paradigm influences our perceptions, behavior, shared meaning, and modes of discourse. — Excited to share this – a very detailed Context Map I created that takes a careful look at the evolution of communication …Read more
In this enlightening episode of The Ken Show, hosts Ken Wilber and Corey deVos embark on a profound journey through the multifaceted realms of systems theory, communication, and social evolution. They dissect the nuanced perspectives of “inside” and “outside” views in systems, delve into the transformative power of communication paradigms throughout history, and critically examine the influence of social media …Read more
This never-before published essay by Ken Wilber delves into the intricate dynamics of societal evolution, emphasizing the interplay between technological advancements, cultural worldviews, and governance systems. Through an integral lens, Wilber explores the potential for new and more authentic modes of being and consciousness to emerge, emphasizing the evolutionary Eros that drives social transformation. Wilber underscores the importance of the …Read more
A new Insight Map created for this classic dialogue with Lana Wachowski. We’ve also added the full commentary tracks from The Matrix trilogy, with Ken Wilber and Cornel West, in case anyone hasn’t had a chance to check those out. https://integrallife.com/many-meanings-matrix/ …Read more
When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
Sex, Identity, Gender: Beyond Wokism and Trumpism Keith Martin-Smith and Corey deVos Full discussion here: https://integrallife.com/sex-identity-gender-beyond-wokism-and-trumpism/ Following Keith’s table-setting discussion of sex and gender last month, in this episode we push even further into the front lines of the culture war skirmishes that have become so plentiful over the last several years. Corey deVos joins Keith to discuss how our …Read more
Pearl Jam: Restoring Idealism to Rock and Roll with Stone Gossard and Ken Wilber Every now and again, pop culture reinvents itself. Our collective tastes are born, destroyed, and reborn again, swinging like a massive pendulum from one aesthetic extreme to the next. As a new cultural niche becomes more and more popularized, fierce artistic independence eventually devolves into reckless …Read more
Fusion, differentiation, dissociation, integration.When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
Introducing Niggy Tardust, with Saul Williams and Ken Wilber https://integrallife.com/introducing-niggy-tardust The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is a stunning collaboration between Saul and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Saul has always been known for his post-conventional approach to Hip Hop, and nowhere does this come through more than on this album. It is truly a trans-genre masterpiece, …Read more
Kosmic Creativity: How to Manifest a Universe by Ken Wilber https://integrallife.com/kosmic-creativity-how-manifest-universe/ What comes to mind when you hear the word “creativity”? Do you think of great artistic achievements like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel or Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Do you think of musical masterpieces like Beethoven’s 9th or Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland? Or do you think of those great triumphs of …Read more
A new Insight Map, and two new Polarity Maps, for a classic discussion between Ken Wilber and Br. David Steindl-Rast. You can find the full discussion here: https://integrallife.com/evolutionary-panentheism/When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
Today’s Insight Map. Esoteric Christianity: Two Kinds of Religion Father Thomas Keating, Rollie Stanich, and Ken Wilber https://integrallife.com/esoteric-christianity-two-kinds-religion/ Father Thomas Keating, Rollie Stanich, and Ken Wilber discuss the “inside” and the “outside” of the Christian tradition, exploring the rich contemplative legacy that exists at the core of the world’s largest religion. It has often been said that there is a …Read more
New Insight and Polarity maps for the “Kosmos: An Integral Voyage” talk Ken Wilber and Corey deVos. Full discussion here: https://integrallife.com/kosmos-an-integral-voyage/When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
A new “Insight Map” for a recent discussion between Ken Wilber and Corey deVos about AI-generated art. You can find the full discussion here: https://integrallife.com/putting-the-art-in-artificial-intelligence/When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
#6 — Inhabiting Social Holons What is it to be a single atom in a crystal? A single ant in a colony? A single starling in a murmation? Watch the full video for free here: https:// integrallife.com / holons-the-build ing-blocks-of-t he-universe/ …Read more
Join us for a fun, fascinating, and far-reaching exploration of one of the essential cornerstones of integral theory — holons, or the apparently endless series of “part/wholes” that fundamentally compose reality as we know it. Accompanied by music, imagery, and animation, this presentation will not… MoreHolons: The Building Blocks of the Universe – Integral Lifeintegrallife.com …Read more
#1: Turtles All the Way Down Watch the full presentation for free here: https:// integrallife.com / holons-the-build ing-blocks-of-t he-universe/ …Read more
#4 — The Universe Inside of You Watch the full 55-minute video for FREE here: https:// integrallife.com / holons-the-build ing-blocks-of-t he-universe/ …Read more
#5 — Wait, Aren’t Hierarchies Bad? Watch the full video for free here: https:// integrallife.com / holons-the-build ing-blocks-of-t he-universe/ …Read more
Join us for a fun, fascinating, and far-reaching exploration of one of the essential cornerstones of integral theory — holons, or the apparently endless series of “part/wholes” that fundamentally compose reality as we know it. Accompanied by music, imagery, and animation, this presentation will not… MoreHolons: The Building Blocks of the Universe – Integral Lifeintegrallife.com …Read more
Join us for a fun, fascinating, and far-reaching exploration of one of the essential cornerstones of integral theory — holons, or the apparently endless series of “part/wholes” that fundamentally compose reality as we know it. Accompanied by music, imagery, and animation, this presentation will not… MoreHolons: The Building Blocks of the Universe – Integral Lifeintegrallife.com …Read more
Everybody is born at square one. There will always be people at red, and that is fine. There will always be people at amber, and that is fine. There will always be people at orange, and that is fine (and so on). An enlightened society would always make room for that by recognizing that stages in development are also stations …Read more
Text by Corey W. DeVos We are here today to talk about the 8 critical zones of integral metatheory, and to apply them to the ongoing cultural conversation taking place around race, racism, and other kinds of bigotry that we continue to see in the world. This discussion is going to be a great opportunity to not only learn more …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: GRACE AND GRIT is one of the most watched movies on Netflix in Latin America. See it now in the US & Canada on Amazon, Apple, Showtime, Hulu #loveliveson @Frances_Fisher @orensegal @TheKenWilber @CoreyWdeVos @Stu_Townsend @QuiverDistrib @bekahgraf @MarielHemingway @marwilliamson …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: (1) This article proposes that desire, as all lines of development, evolves toward greater complexity and is an all-quadrant phenomenon. integrallife.com/the-developmen… …Read more
The eighth major stage of human development, featuring clips from The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, The Fountain, and the video game Everything. Full presentation here: https://t.co/hJiLgSM8kE https://t.co/5eNO6JNdcj Quoted tweet from @IntegralLife: (1) Today we will take a look at the eighth and final (for now) stage of development — the Turquoise (mature integral) stage. You can find all these stage descriptions, …Read more
The first of the Integral stages of human development. Film and video game clips by @CoreyWdeVos. See the full presentation here: https://t.co/hJiLgSM8kE https://t.co/zETGIdZou8 Quoted tweet from @IntegralLife: (1) Alright, let’s take a momentous leap to the next major stage of human development — the Teal (integral) stage! You can find descriptions for all these stages, as well as dozens of …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: (1) We’re going Green! Welcome to the sixth major stage of human development. You can find a complete list of all these stage descriptions, as well as dozens of film and video game clips, here: integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: (1) Let’s jump into the fifth major stage of human development, the Orange (rational) stage! You can find a full list off these stages here, along with over 20 film clips (and 30 video games) to help illustrate the major qualities of each level: integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: Let’s get traditional and talk about the fourth major stage of human development, the Amber (mythic) stage. You can find this full presentation, including more than 20 film clips and 30 video game clips, on this page: integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: (1) Today we will be taking a look at the third major stage of human development: the Red (egoic) stage. You can find a full list of these stages, along with more than 20 film clips and 30 video game clips, on this page: integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: Today we will be taking a look at the Magenta (magic) stage of development, using film clips and video games to illustrate some of the most important qualities of this stage. The full presentation can be found here: integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: Let’s take a cinematic journey through the major stages of human development, using a series of carefully-curated film clips (and more than 30 video games) to illustrate some of the most important qualities of each stage. Excerpted from integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: A really great episode with @ryanoelke and myself, exploring how to cultivate “confident humility” that aligns our most awesome inner capacities with greater epistemic curiosity, flexibility, and multi-perspectival awareness. integrallife.com/inhabit-your-h… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: A new page I created, using film clips and video games to illustrate the major stages of development. Helps show how integral ideas can be applied to any medium/genre, and deepens our appreciation and enactment of our most treasured cultural artifacts. integrallife.com/what-are-the-s… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: It’s the Integral Summer of Love! Over the next 6 weeks we will publish a series of discussions that explore multiple paths of conscious love. These are without a doubt some of the most powerful and moving conversations Ken Wilber has ever been part of. integrallife.com/practice-the-w… …Read more
The official Grace and Grit trailer is here! The film releases on June 4th, starring @Stu_townsend and Mena Suvari. Directed by our good friend @SebastianSiegel. youtube.com/watch?v=nyyd7Q… …Read more
Good news! The Grace and Grit film will be released to theaters, streaming, and on-demand on June 4th. Stay tuned for more details as they come! #GraceAndGrit variety.com/2021/film/news… …Read more
This week’s live practice schedule at Integral Life. https://t.co/GM1hkH0Uud Quoted tweet from @IntegralLife: We’ve got a very full week of Integral Life Practice sessions for you all! Something tells us you’re going to need it…. mailchi.mp/integrallife/c… …Read more
“Love is a time-honored way to transcend the separate-self sense and leap into the sublime.” “Real love will take you far beyond yourself; and therefore real love will devastate you.” —Ken Wilber Here’s a great way to bring more love into the world:inamirror.com …Read more
Subscribe to our free podcast, Everyone Is Right, to receive new and classic Ken Wilber dialogues every week.integrallife.com/podcasts/ …Read more
Watch as Ken offers a stunning overview of the psychological shadow, describing several different kinds of shadow — projection, introjection, and retroflection — and how each of these represents a particular breakdown in the subject/object relationship. integrallife.com/integrating-sh… …Read more
A Note from Writer-Director @SebastianSiegel on the Making of Grace and Grit and Adapting the Book to Film shambhala.com/videos/grace-a… …Read more
In this FREE video series Ken Wilber takes an in-depth look at the Intellectual Dark Web though the lens of Integral Metatheory, celebrating their contributions to political discourse while also pointing out what they’ve been missing in their analyses. integrallife.com/whats-missing-… …Read more
Check out the new Grace and Grit film trailer! Starring #menasuvari and @stu_townsend, written and directed by @SebastianSiegel.integrallife.com/watch-the-grac… …Read more
Ken Wilber retweeted: We just released our annual “Best of 2018” Talks, Presentations & Practices from Integral Life’s year, featuring @TheKenWilber @RobbSmith @GinnyWhitelaw @CoreyWdeVos @DailyEvolver @DrKeithWitt @leadermaturity and many others… Have a safe & loving New Year Celebration! …Read more
Join Ken Wilber and @CoreyWdeVos today for a FREE webinar about one of the most important components of integral metatheory, stages of development, and practices to accelerate your growth through these stages. Begins at 2PM PT (5PM ET) on Integral Live.integrallife.com/live …Read more
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